U.S. Delegation Walks Out of Ahmadinejad Speech

By Maya

Sep 23, 2010 5:28pm

ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: The U.S. delegation observing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the United Nations General Assembly today walked out after the leader began question the circumstances of the 9/11 attacks, suggesting the wrong people were blamed.
 
Ahmadinejad went on to propose the creation of an independent commission to examine the attacks. He listed several theories about the attacks, including that they were orchestrated by the United States to help boost a declining economy.
 
Soon after the U.S. representatives, low level diplomats and note takers, left the room the U.S. Mission to the United Nations issued a terse statement condemning Ahmadinejad's remarks.
 
"Rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of the Iranian people, Mr. Ahmadinejad has yet again chosen to spout vile conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic slurs that are as abhorrent and delusional as they are predictable," said spokesman Mark Kornblau.
 
Ahmadinejad said that next year Iran would host a conference "to study terrorism and the means to confront it."
 
"I invite officials, scholars, thinkers, researchers, and research institutes of all countries to attend the conference," he said.

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